Lead: One of the great religious divisions in world history has sundered Islam. Originating almost at the beginning, the divide between Sunni and Shi’a encompasses gaps that are ethnic, political and religious.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In day to day religious practice the differences between the two great Muslim sects, Sunni and Shi’a, are negligible. Yet, in reality, this unity of devotion to Allah masks powerful religious and political variance within Islam and even within two great traditions themselves.